White Sox go 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, waste another dominant start by Carlos Rodon
The White Sox did not score, but not for a lack of opportunities.
The Cardinals had very few scoring chances but gleaned the most from them in a 4-0 victory Wednesday afternoon, helping them avoid a series sweep.
Wasted was another dominant outing by Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (5-2, 1.29 ERA), who struck out 10 and walked none of six innings of one-run, one-hit ball. The only hit against Rodon was a home run by Cardinals leadoff hitter Tommy Edman, who also homered against Aaron Bummer.
A two-run single by Edmundo Sosa in the ninth against Jose Ruiz iced the outcome for the Cards (27-22).
The Sox (28-20) were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Yermin Mercedes (0-for-4) left 10 runners on base.
Sox right fielder Adam Eaton left the game with a sore hamstring and pitcher Michael Kopech hobbled off the mound after pitching a scoreless seventh in relief of Rodon. Kopech spun to the ground after his losing his balance on his final pitch.
Manager Tony La Russa didn’t immediately know what was wrong with Kopech.
“I don’t want to be guessing, I just don’t know,” La Russa said.
“There isn’t a guy on this roster if he gets hurt, we don’t feel it or feel for him — we’ve had our share [of injuries]. But in this particular case, he’s been on top of it. So keep our fingers crossed that’s it’s not serious.”
As for Eaton, “it got sore on him, we’ll have to see how he is tomorrow,” La Russa said.
The Sox host the Orioles Thursday to open a four-game series.